Posted on December 12, 2021 Offshore sea bass close to a sure thing If the boats can get out to the far offshore wrecks, big catches of giant sea bass and porgies appear to be a sure thing. The Golden Eagle from Belmar made one of their trips by reservation this week and had a boat limit of sea bass while switching to catch and release by 8 a. m. Anglers also had all the porgies they wanted plus a few blues, a pollock and weakfish and a couple of barrelfish a species usually only caught while tilefishing.
Weather permitting, Santee will run his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands through Wednesday. The Sunday forecast is for northwest winds at 20-25 knots before going to west in the afternoon and diminishing to 15-20 knots.
The Blackfish has been very good with many limit catches, some really nice fish are being brought in,5 pounds is normal . The flounder bite is holding up and many anglers are fishing for Sundials, they are plentiful and no limit, plus good eating.
That boat still has some offshore sea bass trips by reservation on its schedule. The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands will try to sail through Sunday, though Tuesday s striper fishing after the south gale was poor.
Posted on December 7, 2021 Stripers may outlast party boats Striped bass fishing is showing no signs of coming to an end, but party boat anglers may be having a hard time finding a boat to fish for them soon. The Golden Eagle from Belmar is making its last two 6 30 a. m. striper trips Wednesday and Thursday and the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands may finish up on Sunday.
Posted on December 6, 2021 South winds at 15-20 knpts warning up for Monday afternoon Small craft warnings go up at midnight, and advance to a gale watch in the afternoon. South winds at 15-20 knots plus gusts to 30 increase to 25-30 with gusts to 40 in the afternoon.
Posted on December 5, 2021 Raritan Bay loaded with stripers Many boats are already out of the water, but it s not for a lack of stripers. Dave Lilly borrowed a boat this morning and took his son Jeremy and a friend to the back of the bay where they found unlimited numbers of keeper bass by trolling ho-jos, The water was down to 45 degrees and there were few boats on a calm Saturday, though bass were on top all morning.
Posted on December 3, 2021 Windy nasty just like the bass like it That was Capt. Ron Santee s assessment of the striper fishing today on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands, There was life over a wide area, and bass from 28 to 35 inches bit all day. Mike Monte saw some cormorants diving in the Sea Girt surf this morning and cast a Tsunami Sand Eel in that area to release two stripers in the 25-inch class and lose two others in that obvious sign of sand eels being present.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar got into lots of bass and good readings this morning, but they didn t bite well. Capt. Ron Santee got into small bass right away with his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands, but then did a lot of searching for bass that weren t hitting before returning to his starting place and bailing out with a hot bite that included bass breaking next to the boat.
Posted on November 29, 2021 Stripers still the best bet The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported a slower day of striper fishing though not for any lack of bass. Shad lures worked best, and there were even some fluke released, The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands reported another fine day of striper fishing, but Tuesday will be the Last day to fish with Capt. Rob Semkewyc.